New Art Projects are delighted to present Fragments Between Us, a solo exhibition by London-based artist Joseph Wilson. The exhibition will include three of Wilson’s films that are focused on communal experiences of growing up queer through Britain in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Themes of trauma, neglect and courage are prevalent and are emulated through live performance, installation and lip-syncing. These include IL-Widna. (2019) a short film that responds to Margaret Thatcher’s homophobic Section 28 legislation and Isn’t It a Beautiful World (2021) a film that explores LGBTQIA+ adolescents and our emotional journey to adulthood.
This exhibition sees Wilson develop his practice from Artist Moving Image to Installation and welcomes audiences to immerse themselves physically into his artistic vision for the first time. Wilson collaborates with internationally renowned set designer Tony Hornecker to rebuild the metaphorical worlds in which the films take place as well as choreographer and movement director Chester Hayes, for a special opening night performance.
Fragments Between Us. A Queer rite of passage. A meditation, a cathartic release.
Isn’t It A Beautiful World, 2021, Dir. Joseph Wilson
Synopsis: Isn’t It A Beautiful World is a short film that, through lipsyncing, depicts the traumatising stories of queer performers Soroya, Harry & Kenya and their emotional journey to adulthood.
The film takes the audience on a journey through metaphorical locations to explore themes of loneliness, anxiety, addiction and recovery, all common issues within the LGBT+ community. The performers lip-sync to Delia Derbyshire’s “Falling”, a collection of reassembled interviews of people describing their dreams, arranged in a setting of pure electronic sounds. Locations, including an abandoned school, an old police station and a dilapidated mobile home, depict a mix between childhood ideals + emulate loneliness/isolation.
Developed with the support of FLAMIN, Arts Council England and Pink Noise.
Director: Joseph Wilson is a queer artist, activist and drag performer, living amongst the eclectic East London community. His work explores LGBTQ+ narratives, taking inspiration from his own lived experiences as well as documenting the people and places around him, amplifying their voices and celebrating their stories through his art. Joseph has had work premiered at BFI London Film Festival, BFI FLARE, IFFR, Go Shorts and San Francisco International as well as 4 premieres on global video platform NOWNESS. In 2020, he was selected as one of the FLAMIN (Film London Artists Moving Image Network) artists and had his work added to the archives and special documents department at The Bishopsgate Institute, London. In October 2021, Joseph was announced as the winner of the DAZED X CIRCA Class of 2021 by Marina Abramovic and had his work screened on Piccadilly Circus, Shinjuku, Tokyo and K-Pop Square, Seoul and was signed to award winning production company PrettyBird.
Festivals: Winner of CIRCA X DAZED Class of 2021, BFI Film Festival 2021, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2022, San Francisco International Film Festival 2022, Go Short 2022, Toronto Queer Film Festival 2022, REGARD Festival 2022, NOWNESS Online 2021.
Cast: Harry Whitfiled , Kenya Sterling, Soroya Marchelle
Featuring: Sharon Le Grand, Micha Holmes, Gii Massiah, Vic Lentaigne
Dancers: Oliver Proudlock-John, Julia Costa, Novaya Shey
Crew: Director – Joseph Wilson, Producer – Joseph Wilson, Co-Producer – Scott Vennell, DOP – Francis Lane / Jacob Schule Lewis, 1st AC – Dan Ali, Editor – Joseph Wilson, Grade – Elliot Banks, Animation – Amie Nowlan, Photographer – Vic Lentaigne, Lighting – Sebastian Xander / Sonny Mihajlovic-Drake, Art Department – Tony Hornecker, Joseph Wilson, Alex Clow, Choreography – Chester Hayes, Makeup – Sophie Gouk, Composer – Helen Noir, Stylist – Joseph Wilson, Masks – Stella Marbles, Runner – Stephen Carruthers
With special thanks to: Jumbo, Under The Water Media, Silverbuildings